Bird Watching in Nepal

The wetlands and open fields inside the valley make up a diverse habitat for many species of birds. Besides this, lots of birds but in different species found in Nepal depending on the vegetation and altitude of Nepal. Nepal is home of some endangered birds like Impeyan Pheasant, Nepal’s national bird and Spiny Babler, found only in Nepal. Nepal is a paradise for bird lovers with over 848 species of birds. Moreover, there are many national parks and wildlife reserves outside Katmandu that has treasured species of birds. Bird Watching in Nepal has become a favorite activity of the visitors visiting the country. The main reason behind the immense avian treasure in the country is the diverse topography and climate that enables a variety of habitats within the country. The country of Nepal is reckoned as the home to over 8 percent of the world’s total bird population. Bird Watching in Nepal has thus become a wonderful activity to enjoy Royal Chitwan National Park is one of the favorites for birdwatching in Nepal. It displays 450 species of birds, even the rare species like- bengal florican, giant horn bill, lesser florican, black stork, etc.

The most popular bird watching spot is the Phulchoki hill, the highest peak on the Valley rim situated 20 Km south-east of Kathmandu, with some 265 species recorded till date. The birds seen here include babblers, warblers, tits, thrushes, minivets, woodpeckers, eagles and many migrant birds. Godavari, at the foot of Phulchoki hill where the Botanical Garden is situated, records over 100 species of birds including the lesser Racket-tailed drongo, Tibetan siskin and the spotted forktail.

The Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve is also a popular spot for Bird Watching in Nepal, which is situated 11 kilometers to the north of Kathmandu. The other places like Nagerjun Royal Forest on Jamacho hill are also a celebrated sight for bird enthusiasts who can view the blue magpies, Bonelli’s eagles, kalij pheasants and the great Himalayan barbets.

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